Iconic North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith dead at 83




Dean Smith, the coaching innovator who won two national championships at North Carolina, an Olympic gold medal in 1976 and induction into basketball’s Hall of Fame more than a decade before he left the bench, has died. He was 83.

The retired coach died “peacefully” at his North Carolina home Saturday night, the school said in a statement Sunday from Smith’s family. He was with his wife and five children.

Sad news to report: former UNC head coach Dean Smith passed away on Saturday night at age 83http://t.co/FwokJKkPVR pic.twitter.com/zXaFYlnuIe

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